Now that the dust has settled from Art Basel Miami Beach, it’s a great time to take stock of what’s new and exciting in Miami’s culinary scene. Our inbox still hasn’t recovered from the barrage of Basel-related parties, eye-popping exhibitions and celebrity-endorsed brand activations, but a few standout restaurant openings were just too good to pass up in the chaos.
Below, we preview three of the city’s hottest new dining destinations that opened in the past month. They come with an impressive pedigree, including two Michelin-starred chefs, a food and wine”America’s Best New Chef” graduate and mixologists from a bar program recognized by James Beard.
Chef Michael Beltran earned his first Michelin star earlier this year for his acclaimed Coconut Grove restaurant, Ariete. Now his team at Ariete Hospitality Group is bringing their take on Miami’s French-inspired cuisine to Brasserie Laurel in the new Miami Wordcenter building downtown. The upscale spot, which Beltrán calls “Arriete’s little sister,” focuses on local, seasonal produce with an emphasis on table service.
Here, former Ariete executive chef Ashley Moncada presents escargot, frog’s legs, beef Wellington and crepes Suzette alongside Old World French wines such as robust red Bordeaux, crisp Champagne and refreshing Sauternes, among other pairings. As at other AHG venues, classic cocktails are reworked with local, seasonal ingredients. The interior of the restaurant is decidedly gloomy, decorated in dark wood, gold and dark blue hues. 698 NE 1st Ave
Located on the ground floor of Wynwood’s trendy new Arlo Hotel, MaryGold’s comes courtesy of decorated chef Brad Kilgore (Alter, Kaido) and James Beard Bar Lab semi-finalists (Broken Shaker, 27 Restaurant). The contemporary “Florida brasserie” features dishes like top oxtail beignets, tender peachwood-smoked porcelette, and key lime pie with a salty graham cracker crust.
The Bar Lab-powered beverage program follows in the footsteps of the famed Broken Shaker, with imaginative, Miami-inspired cocktails like the Kumquat & Coconut, made with coconut-washed Woodford Reserve, yuzu kumquat demerara, honeysuckle bitters and grapefruit peel. prepared for two. The entire industrial-chic space is filled with tropical greenery and anchored by an expansive Calacatta stone bar. 2217 NW Miami Ct
Room with a vestibule by Tristan Brandt
The modest and luxurious Carillon Wellness Resort has partnered with award-winning chef Tristan Brandt for its latest offering of an 18-seat fine dining restaurant in Miami Beach. Brand, who has run multiple Michelin-recognized kitchens in Europe and Asia, including the recently-star-winning Epoca in Switzerland, has designed a menu of modern classic French cuisine with Asian influences. Tambourine Room marks the chef’s US debut.
Expect to be taken on a culinary journey with simply named dishes that belie a complex array of flavors and techniques; for example the clam | Cauliflower | Curry or Tuna | Jalapeño | Miso. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the Tambourine Room offers two seating options. The first seating (6 p.m.) will offer a three-course tasting menu for $140 per person, and the second seating (8:30 p.m.) will offer a six-course tasting menu for $215 per person. Patrons can choose to add a wine pairing for $55 (6pm seating) or $135 (8:30pm seating). Cocktails not yet available. 6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach